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Disable system bell by default if sound card is installed

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One of the first things I do after installing openSUSE is disabling the system bell by adding this to ~/.inputrc:

set bell-style none

Its volume is needlessly high. The bell scares the hell outta me whenever it creeps up because I backspaced too much on the command line.

My suggestion: disable the system bell by default, unless no sound card is installed.

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It's a simple fix for something that has been bugging me forever.


icons/user_comment.png J. B. wrote: (4 years ago)

Completely agree.

Too many times I have used my openSUSE laptop at college or other public places and during the middle of a class my computer would spew forth a series of extremely loud beeps. Useless and extremely annoying.

icons/user_comment.png D. L. wrote: (4 years ago)

Yes, I have the same problem and would love this fix!

icons/user_comment.png G. S. wrote: (2 months ago)


In my case, it has been annoying when using TightVNC to connect to my workplace's computer at night with all sound turned off and suddenly loud beeps coming out of the PC speaker because I hit backspace once too much in MATLAB.

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